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What To Bring to Residential Treatment

Start Your Recovery Journey

The decision to seek treatment is a big step,
but you don’t have to do it alone.

When checking into a residential treatment program for addiction, it is important that you bring everything you will need for your stay. Pride Institute has compiled a list of what to bring to residential treatment to help ease the stress of the admissions process. Please reach out to us at 888.408.1625 with any additional questions or concerns.

Packing for
Residential Treatment

couple looking at phone packing for addiction treatment

Pride Institute wants all clients to be comfortable when they’re receiving care in our residential treatment program. We suggest that clients pack a few comfortable outfits that are appropriate for the season, some gym clothes, and comfortable shoes for daily wear. Storage is limited, so be mindful of what you pack and avoid bringing your full closet. Please skip anything too tight or revealing or items that depict violence, sexually graphic scenes, inappropriate language, or substance use.

Please keep in mind that your focus during this time will be on therapy and recovery. To keep everyone focused, we don’t allow most electronics, like iPads/tablets, recording devices, or digital cameras. You can bring a clock and a radio, as long as neither can record. Pornography of any kind is prohibited.

Our staff will provide you with some of the items you need to live, including basic toiletries, bedding, towels, and linens. Feel free to bring some of your own hygiene products, but keep in mind that we do not allow items with alcohol, such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer.

The following checklist can be a good guide as you pack for residential treatment:

What to Bring to
Residential Treatment:

  • A few comfortable, seasonally-appropriate outfits
  • One or two nicer outfits for special occasions like family visits
  • Undergarments
  • Gym or exercise clothes
  • Comfortable, sensible shoes
  • Non-recording clock and/or radio
  • Personal hygiene products that do not contain alcohol
  • Approved personal items that remind you of home or loved ones
  • Addresses and phone numbers of family and friends
  • Any prescribed medications you are on in their pharmacy bottles
  • ID and insurance cards
  • Envelopes and stamps if you’d like to send letters
  • A journal
  • A small amount of money or a credit card in case you need it

What Not to Bring to Residential Treatment:

  • Drugs, alcohol, or paraphernalia
  • Weapons
  • Valuables
  • Cameras, phones, or other electronics
  • Tight, revealing, suggestive, or graphic clothing
  • Pornography
  • Toiletries that contain alcohol
  • Food or drinks
  • Cleaning supplies, aerosols
  • OTC medications
  • Games or playing cards
  • E-cigarettes or vapes

It is critical to follow the rules regarding what is and isn’t allowed in residential treatment. Not only is your healing and recovery important, but so is that of others in treatment. Bringing anything that could potentially distract from or disrupt treatment for yourself or others and concealing it can be considered grounds for removal from the program.

Prepare for Residential Treatment with Guidance from Pride Institute

As you prepare to start treatment, the admissions staff will work with you to make sure you have everything you need for your stay. If you have questions before then, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Call us at 888.408.1625 or fill out our online form and let us get back to you.